PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- 18 National Guard soldiers out of Caribou have returned from a short deployment with a mission that Mainers do very well, clear snow.
The 185th Engineer Support Company took some front end loaders down to Bridgeport, Connecticut and surrounding towns. The area was socked with snow during the Blizzard of 2013, and public works did not have the people to clear side streets quickly. The Maine crew worked 8-10 hour shifts from Thursday through Sunday. They say there was certainly a lot of snow, but the big challenge was trying to figure out where to put it.
"The difference between there and the County is we got a place to push it. They don't. The cities, there's no place to push it. No snow blowers or anything," said First Sergeant Matthew Quint.
The soldiers stopped in Portland Monday, and expected to be home Tuesday. Family members tell them Caribou got more snow this past weekend than it did during the blizzard.